Illinois Senate Democrats

05/23/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/23/2020 10:44

Bertino-Tarrant announces child care facilities will soon reopen

Saturday, May 23, 2020 11:34 AM

PLAINFIELD - State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant (D-Shorewood) announced a plan for a gradual reopening of child care centers has been put in place, as parents prepare to return to work.

'I know there are concerns from parents who are worried they will not be able to return to work because they do not have reliable child care,' Bertino-Tarrant said. 'I'm pleased childcare facilities will safely reopen soon, so families can start to get back to some normalcy.'

All child care facilities will be able to open under phase 3 and 4 of the governor's reopening plan, as long as they create their own reopening plan that ensures policies to keep both children and staff safe and healthy, and adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

That plan must include what to do if a child or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, daily symptom checks and a face covering requirement.

No more than 10 children will be allowed in a childcare facility for the first four weeks. After four week of following proper health, social distancing and sanitation routines and guidelines, it will be able to expand to larger group sizes, though not its full licensed capacity.

'While a gradual reopening, parents need the assurance their children are in a safe and healthy environment,' Bertino-Tarrant said. 'Extra precautions will allow peace of mind for the parents and allow our daycares to slowly get back to business.'

All regions of the state are on track to move to the next phase as early as May 29.